PROTECTION NEEDED NOW

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Photos making their way around local social media pages have been causing alarm over the past week, several local photographers have shown that the beachside ramp on Beach 92nd Street, has become a direct path into the ocean when high tide hits. The sea’s encroachment of the ramp has made for unique photos, but a scary reality. The beaches are continuing to disappear. Even worse? Components of the brand new multi-million dollar boardwalk are starting to fail as a result.

A recent photo by Argirios Kostaras, who some may know as Rockaway Beach’s Mister Softee, reinforced the fact that coastal protection is needed—NOW. The photo shows that the Beach 92nd concrete ramp, about two-feet high, is starting to break with each high tide eroding the sand from underneath it.

Agencies involved with the boardwalk project are pointing fingers. The Rockaway Times reached out to Skanska, the company that conducted the boardwalk build, and the NYC Economic Development Corp., one of the agencies that oversaw the build. Both refused to comment, but referred us to the NYC Department of Parks and Recreation. Parks simply responded, saying, “Parks engineers are investigating the ramp at Beach 92nd Street. The boardwalk remains safe and structurally sound,” and pointed fingers toward the Army Corps of Engineers, saying their plan, which includes jetties, will protect against this happening in the future.

When that future date will be is  still up in the air, as the Army Corps is still finalizing its reformulation study report, which won’t be done until the spring of 2018.

The community is continuing to bring awareness to these issues. John Cori, of the Rockaway Beach Civic Association, is spearheading a photo opportunity at the Beach 92nd ramp at 10 a.m. on Sunday, December 3. All are welcome to be a part of the photo indicating the erosion in this area, which will be shown to Mayor Bill de Blasio when he comes to town for a Town Hall on December 5.

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